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Re: "Weird" Instruments in Classical Music
« Reply #60 on: June 04, 2011, 01:42:24 AM »
The original 1921 version of Amériques by Varèse, first recorded by Chailly and the Concertgebouw in the 1990s, includes a boat whistle, a crow call, three wind machines and four lion's roar instruments.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Am%C3%A9riques 

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Re: "Weird" Instruments in Classical Music
« Reply #61 on: June 04, 2011, 03:38:39 AM »
Is synthesizer weird? John Adams used it in Nixon in China and other works.

I don't know about weird, but there's still a seemingly large segment of the classical audience that looks askance on any electronics in classical music, even though there's now a long history of it. (Reminds me a bit of the border status of the electric bass in jazz.)

The original 1921 version of Amériques by Varèse, first recorded by Chailly and the Concertgebouw in the 1990s, includes ... a crow call...

Someone should write an Appalachian Symphony, where all the woodwinds are replaced with hunting calls: you get your turkey slates and your double-reed duck calls, your buck grunts ...

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Re: "Weird" Instruments in Classical Music
« Reply #62 on: June 12, 2011, 10:25:26 PM »
I've found a didgeridoo concerto!

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Re: "Weird" Instruments in Classical Music
« Reply #63 on: June 13, 2011, 03:27:12 AM »
I've found a didgeridoo concerto!



You know what might sound cool together: a didgeridoo with a berimbau, for a rather bizarre cross-cultural concerto. I wonder how on earth a composer would notate it.
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Re: "Weird" Instruments in Classical Music
« Reply #64 on: June 13, 2011, 04:16:58 AM »
You know what might sound cool together: a didgeridoo with a berimbau, for a rather bizarre cross-cultural concerto. I wonder how on earth a composer would notate it.
Well, there's Terterian's 3rd, for duduk, zurna and orchestra. (I've got a sneaking fondness for this work, though it's not very subtle.)
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Re: "Weird" Instruments in Classical Music
« Reply #65 on: July 15, 2011, 06:55:09 AM »
Bump!

Just found the details for Penderecki's Utrenja Part II. The orchestra includes:

Hyoshigi  (wooden clappers used to announce the start of a sumo match).

An "eisenbahnschiene", which, unless I am very much mistaken, is a railway track.

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Re: "Weird" Instruments in Classical Music
« Reply #66 on: July 22, 2021, 10:59:12 AM »
The Lithophone.

I ran across this one in Carl Orff's Catulli Carmina some time back.

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Re: "Weird" Instruments in Classical Music
« Reply #67 on: July 22, 2021, 03:01:07 PM »
Truly, it is Wayback Machine Day!   8)

This is the CD and book to have, if you are interested in "weird instruments."



e.g.

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Re: "Weird" Instruments in Classical Music
« Reply #68 on: July 23, 2021, 04:54:15 AM »
Truly, it is Wayback Machine Day!   8)

This is the CD and book to have, if you are interested in "weird instruments."



Your book touts the Daxophone, an instrument inspired by the sounds of a badger!



I guess it shouldn't be a surprise, but there are many books based on strange instruments, although it is nice they are accompanied by musical examples as well as printed pictures.

 
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Re: "Weird" Instruments in Classical Music
« Reply #69 on: August 06, 2021, 03:04:01 AM »
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